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Sexual Violence - Advice, Support, How to report

Synergy Essex provides information and support services for anyone who has been sexually abused or raped, or who has been affected by sexual violence at any time in their lives.

Synergy Essex offer an Essex-wide service providing specialist emotional support, counselling, advocacy and other services to support adults, children, young people, their families and supporters.

Synergy Essex is a partnership of three Rape Crisis Centres comprising:

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor Services

Synergy Essex uses Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) who are trained to provide emotional and practical support to survivors of rape, sexual abuse and sexual assault who have reported to the police or are considering reporting to the police.

The Essex ISVA service can help you with a range of things depending on your needs and what kind of support you would like. They can:

  • Provide you with information on the criminal justice process from what you can expect if you report and through the police and court processes.
  • Support you through the criminal justice system e.g. communicate with the police or support at court.
  • Give you information on other services and accompany you to your first appointment.
  • Liaise with other agencies on your behalf e.g. education, employers, social care.
  • Help you to think about your safety and what can be done to improve your safety.

Report a concern

To get the support that Synergy Essex can offer, you can make a self-referral or, an agency supporting you, such as the police, can contact us on your behalf.

You can contact Synergy Essex by any of the following three methods.

On receiving your request for support Synergy Essex will contact you by phone or email. They aim to do this within two working days of receiving your referral. If the ISVA service seems the right service for you, they will offer a meeting at a time to suit you.

When you first meet with their advisor (ISVA), you can talk to them about your needs and what kind of support you would find helpful. They will also give you information about all of their services, confidentiality and discuss any safety or risk concerns you may raise.

They will meet and communicate with you regularly, depending on how much support you feel you need. This can be in person, over the phone, by email or text.

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